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Let’s co-create!... but how to start? A training workshop on planning and maintaining experimental approaches for urban transitions

Johannes Riegler



Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 15
JPI Urban Europe
Transforming Cities through Innovative Solutions and Technologies
TE 31


There is a lot of fuzz around experimental methods such as urban living labs since recently as contributing to urban transitions implies per definition to so things differently. However, talking about experimental approaches seems to be much easier than planning and implementing them in existing (governance) structures, let alone, making experimenting part of full urban development processes. This training sessions allows participants to playfully lay out the cornerstones for experimental approaches and to discuss all the relevant questions such as Where to start? how to plan? … and what are the right methods / tools to tackle a specific urban challenge or implement global/national/regional sustainability strategies? Who should be involved? What if we fail? etc. This training session aims at addressing these questions in a structured way addressing concrete urban challenges. By using (parts) of the URB@EXP Urban Lab Kit (developed by Maastricht University, City of Maastricht, Lund University, Pantopicon, City of Antwerp, Malmö University, City of Malmö, Graz University, City of Graz, City of Leoben), participants will decide on a concrete urban challenge which they want to address. The Urban Lab Kit guides the participants to ask all relevant questions which are essential for planning, starting, conducting an experimental project / urban lab as well as how to boost its impact. Thus, the training session will allow participants to plan the main elements of their “experimental project in a day”, build capacities to work with experimental projects and allow them to discuss what benefits experimenting would have in their concrete urban context.


This training session has been designed for municipalities or other urban actors to gain skills and get inspiration on how to use experimental projects and approaches to address urban challenges in their cities. The training session will create an awareness of the potential of co-creative and experimental projects, will support policy makers and urban actors on their way in planning and drafting or sharpening the outlines of an experimental project / urban living lab by raising and discuss key questions that are worth asking before engaging in such an endeavour. After the training session, participants will be able to assess how experimental approaches / urban living labs are methods facilitating the transformation of their urban areas towards sustainable and livable futures.